See who Josh Norris has the Bears taking in his latest mock


See who Josh Norris has the Bears taking in his latest mock

General manager Ryan Pace has an important decision to make next week when the Bears select at No. 7 in the first round of the NFL Draft.

And according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris, that pick will come on the offensive side of the ball.

The NFL Draft expert has the Bears selecting West Virginia WR Kevin White in the first round, with Norris adding: "There are only a handful of foundation pieces in this draft. I think Kevin White is one. Place him across from Alshon Jeffery and you have two receivers who can win in contested situations. White also offers yards after catch ability."

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In Norris' mock, players off the board when the Bears "picked" were QB Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay), QB Marcus Mariota (Cleveland, via Tennessee), DL Leonard Williams (Jacksonville), WR Amari Cooper (Oakland), OL Brandon Scherff (Washington) and DE Dante Fowler (New York).

That left a few options on the table who have been linked to the Bears, including White, Vic Beasley, Danny Shelton and Shane Ray.

Check out Norris' complete mock draft, and be sure to browse around our Road to the Draft page, where we've previewed more than 200 college athletes who could hear their names called in Chicago next week.

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.

According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.

Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.

Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).

Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.

The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.

Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback


Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.

(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school

(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL

(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches

(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job

(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?

(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness

(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player  below:

Under Center Podcast


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